In the years since leaving the White House in 2001, former President Bill Clinton has devoted much of his life to giving to others. Dr. Angelou talks with President Clinton about his book Giving and why he is so devoted to helping others.
President Clinton says he was raised with Christian values and as a young person was encouraged to give to his church and community. "Christians are taught that you are supposed to give—that is a part of manifesting your faith," he says. It wasn't until he met his wife Hillary in law school that President Clinton says he really understood the power of giving. Hillary was—and still is—strongly devoted to nonprofit and charitable causes, he says. "I realized how much you can do as a private citizen to advance the public good," he says.
When he got out of office, President Clinton says devoting his time to giving to others seemed like the natural thing to do. He says he travels the world giving his time, resources and influence to help others. His book Giving shares stories about the possibilities that he says can come about when people give. "I wrote this book to try to convince other people that no matter how much time or money they have or don't have there is something all of us can do."
Spreading the word about the power of giving and the happiness it can bring is something that President Clinton says he plans to do for the rest of his life. "From watching rich people, poor people and people in between give their time, their money or their things, whatever they have to give, I find people who do it are happier," he says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013